Job vacancy: Head of Programmes, Rift Valley Institute

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The Rift Valley Institute (RVI) seeks an experienced, dynamic and dedicated regional Head of Programmes to work with its Executive Director in the management and growth of the Institute. This is a new, full-time position, based in Nairobi, involving travel between Nairobi and RVI’s offices in eastern Africa and with occasional travel to the UK. The Head of Programmes will lead and support the team managing RVI’s growing portfolio of research, education and public information programmes. Minimum qualifications include over six years programme and organizational management experience. A commitment to the Institute’s aim of bringing local knowledge to bear on policy is essential and research experience is highly desirable. A Masters-level qualification or equivalent experience in a relevant subject is required. The application deadline for this post is 13 June 2018.

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General

  • Title of Position Head of Programmes
  • Location Nairobi, with travel to RVI offices in Juba, Hargeysa and London
  • Salary Competitive salary, based on RVI salary scale and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Benefits 28 days annual paid leave, travel insurance, pension plan, medical insurance, training allowance.
  • Employment type Permanent contract, five days per week
  • Reporting Arrangements Reports to RVI Executive Director
  • Staff Reporting Programme Managers
  • Start Date August 2018 (negotiable)

How to apply
Please apply online by filling out the application form below and upload the specified documents: your CV, including the names and contacts of two referees; and a letter, no longer than two pages, explaining why you are interested in the position and how your experience qualifies you for it. The deadline for applications is 13 June 2018. Only applicants invited for interview will be contacted. For further information write to recruitment@riftvalley.net.

Qualifications and Skills

Essential knowledge and interests

Proven interest and competency in at least three of the following themes:

  • Education and training
  • Social research and evidence based policy
  • Gender and social inclusion
  • Conflict analysis
  • Knowledge management

Essential qualifications and skills

  • University qualification at Masters level in a relevant subject.
  • Minimum of six years’ relevant programme and organizational management experience in the development sector or relevant field.
  • Fluent spoken and written English.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and proven capacity to develop and implement strategic plans.
  • Experience of conducting and managing research.
  • Experience of working in the international NGO Sector.
  • Proven operational and project management experience.
  • Experience of developing and managing organizational budgets.
  • A team player with proven management and leadership experience, and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Proven experience of developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Able to travel.

Desirable experience and skills

  • Knowledge and working experience in one or more countries where RVI works.
  • Spoken and written French and/ or one or more language of eastern Africa.
  • Experience of working with donors and proven success in fundraising.
  • Knowledge and practical experience of designing and implementing research.
  • Good presentational and facilitation skills.
  • Human resources management.

Description of Duties…

The Head of Programmes is a senior position within the Institute, is a member of the senior management team and participates in decisions that support the development of the Institute. The Head of Programmes has management oversight responsibility for RVI’s programmes. Working closely with the Executive Director of the RVI and other members of the senior management team, the Head of Programmes will be responsible for coordinating the strategic development and implementation of programmes across the RVI’s operational areas in the Horn of Africa, the Sudans and Great Lakes sub-regions, building on and deepening the Institute’s track-record in research, education and public information. The responsibilities of the post include developing and maintaining relations with partner organisations and funders. The Head of Programmes will be expected to play a leading role in the development of a long-term strategic plan for the Institute. They will spend at least 30 per cent of their time travelling within the region. They will deputize for the Executive Director when required.

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Shading Tree Fund, for field course scholarships, Rift Valley Institute

Something to keep an eye out for… 

The Shading Tree Fund—scholarships for Eastern and Central Africa
30 SEPTEMBER 2016

The RVI scholarship fund is relaunched this month as the RVI Shading Tree Fund. This follows a generous donation from the family of Ranald Boyle, a former District Commissioner in South Sudan.

Since the Institute was founded, the scholarship fund has enabled young scholars and activists from Eastern and Central Africa to participate in RVI annual field courses and attend classes at universities in the region. Over thirty such scholars have participated in the Sudan and South Sudan Course, the Horn of Africa Course or the Great Lakes Course.

Some former scholarship students have gone on to teach on RVI courses, and many have achieved success in their respective fields in academia, civil society and the media.

One student wrote: ‘I feel privileged to have participated in the RVI Horn of Africa Course. I benefited from the program in many ways. It helped me understand the sub-region as I pursue my own research and provided the opportunity for personal interaction with distinguished professors.

To date, RVI scholarships have been funded through a combination of grants, gifts, income from hard-copy sales of Institute publications and RVI’s own funds.

The fund recently received a donation from the Shading Tree Trust, established by the family of Ranald Boyle in memory of his lifelong commitment to southern Sudan, where he worked as a District Commissioner in the 1940s and 1950s. Taking its name from the translation of Ranald Boyle’s Dinka cattle name, Timatiep, the Shading Tree provided funds to support a range of projects in Bahr el-Ghazal.

In recognition of this donation the RVI scholarship programme has been renamed the Shading Tree Fund. The new fund will provide educational support to students and activists from all the regions where RVI works, including South Sudan, and will continue to raise further funds for this purpose.